In context: Intel scrapped plans to supply PCIe 4.Zero assist with Comet Lake-S CPUs, opting as an alternative to ship that with Rocket Lake in 2021. Now we all know that this would possibly not include the necessity for a special motherboard, which clears a number of the confusion related to producers describing a few of their Z490 motherboards as “PCIe 4.0 ready.”

Intel’s newest 10th technology Comet Lake-S CPUs are going to be fairly power-hungry, particularly on the excessive finish. And since they require a brand new, LGA 1200 socket, players and fanatics will need to pair these with Z490 motherboards, that are going to be costly in all however their most modest incarnations.

Z490 motherboards deliver with them quite a lot of new options, most notably assist for PCIe 4.Zero and far improved wired and wi-fi networking chipsets, relying on mannequin. Some of them will run you north of $700, so the apparent query on everybody’s thoughts is: Will these motherboards assist Intel’s subsequent technology CPUs that are slated for a 2021 launch? The reply is sure. At least 11th-gen Rocket Lake S assist is outwardly assured.

Gigabyte lately confirmed this throughout its newest Aorus Direct livestream. For these of you who like future-proofing your construct as a lot as potential, understanding that Z490 motherboards will assist Rocket Lake processors can actually supply some peace of thoughts. AMD has had a ton of success with this technique with Ryzen and the AM4 socket.

For these unaware, Intel did not bake in PCIe 4.Zero assist into the Z490 chipset or Comet Lake CPUs that you’ll purchase this 12 months. And whereas graphics playing cards aren’t even touching the boundaries of PCIe 3.0, it is a totally different story if you happen to’re involved in taking benefit of PCIe 4.Zero SSDs.

The next-gen Rocket Lake CPUs will include 20 PCIe 4.Zero lanes, which is why producers like Gigabyte are touting assist for that of their advertising supplies. It’s price noting that the Gigabyte rep that confirmed the assist for Rocket Lake in Z490 motherboards was hesitant about giving out the knowledge, which means that Intel could not have needed to disclose this at this level.